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By Eric Johnson
Published May 06, 2024

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The California Exodus and California Forever, Redux

On January 29, The Newsletter ran a piece under the headline “The California Exodus and ‘California Forever’.” Both of these big stories moved significantly over the past week, and we revisit them today. 

Also, as always: Peruse your cureated local News Feed; learn about a local nonprofit doing good work; and check out our Recipe of the Week.


Brand New City on the Delta Takes a Step Forward

Last Tuesday, the company that plans to build a high-tech, green, walkable city of 400,000 in rural Solano County announced that it had gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The story involves an insane amount of money, some insanely powerful billionaires, and a detailed set of plans that appear to be quite sane, if not visionary. Here, amid well-earned controversy, we offer two pieces that consider the project on its own terms. 


California Forever: Building a New Community From the Ground Up

A view of the Helen Madere Memorial Bridge crossing the Sacramento River at Rio Vista in Solano County, California.
We take a closer look at ambitious plans to build a new community of up to 400,000 residents in Solano County.

California Forever CEO on Democracy and City Planning

California Forever CEO Jan Sramek announces that he has gathered enough signatures to get his plan on the November ballot in Solano County.
Jan Sramek disavows techno-libertarian 'Network State,' explains why master-planned cities are All-American, and talks of his love for walkable communities.

They're Coming Back to Cali

The California Department of Finance announced this week that the state’s population rose last year, after declining in both 2021 and 2022. 


Is the ‘California Exodus’ Over?

San Jose is finally working to fix its housing shortage, as are many California cities. This could help quell the hoards heading out of state.
Despite predictions that the party on the West Coast is winding down, California’s population increased last year for the first time since 2020.

Recipe of the Week

Our friends at Sacramento Digs Gardening publish a recipe from their gardens every Sunday, which we feature here so you can start your week with some yum.

See more recipes in their Taste Spring! cookbook.


Happy Cinco de Mayo! Time to dig into this fruity salsa

Fresh strawberries combine with oranges and chilies for a fruity spring salsa
NEW! Fresh strawberry-orange salsa with green onions


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Gilroy Historical Society logo Gilroy Historical Society

The Gilroy Historical Society supports the city-owned Gilroy Museum, and also serves as a point of connection for people interested in the history of Gilroy and the surrounding area. Closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is open once again.

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Los Gatan logo Los Gatos Finally Manages to Get a Thumbs-Up for Its Housing Element From Sacramento

It only took six tries.

San Jose Spotlight logo South Bay Dems Demand Disclosure of Congressional Recount Funders

The Santa Clara County Democratic Party has joined retiring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in demanding transparency behind a controversial recount in the race for her seat.

Los Gatan logo Simitian Knocked-Off November Ballot by Recount

The battle lines are drawn: It's Low v. Liccardo.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Affordable Apartments a Plus for Senior Housing Crisis

More than 100 Santa Clara County seniors struggling with the cost of living will have a place to call home in downtown San Jose within the next few years.

San Jose Spotlight logo What the Demise of Contentious Housing Law Means for San Jose

A brewing battle in the California courts may lift San Jose from the mandates of a controversial law that ended exclusionary single-family zoning statewide.

King City Rustler logo Farmworker Housing Study Oversight Committee Convenes to Review Progress

Despite significant progress since the release of a landmark 2018 farmworker housing study quantifying critically overcrowded housing conditions for agricultural workers in the region, thousands more homes are needed.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Turns to AI for Language Translation

San Jose is expanding its language translation options in public meetings by using artificial intelligence.

Gilroy Dispatch logo Mayor Lauds Development, Transportation Efforts and More in State of City Speech

Slowly but surely, the City of Gilroy has made progress over the past year in its economic development efforts, transportation service improvements and the delivery of other public services—and more is on the horizon.

San Jose Spotlight logo Los Gatos Community Helps Struggling Residents Pay Rent

Roughly 35% of Los Gatos residents rent, with an average payment of $3,252, according to data from the town and Zillow. That’s 13% higher than San Jose and 55% higher than the national average.

Los Gatan logo El Camino Health Opens Los Gatos Mental Health Clinic

Blended with the soft guitar plucks wafting through the large courtyard of the low-rise Los Gatos building near the border with Campbell, there was plenty of optimism Saturday morning, as El Camino Health unveiled its new intensive outpatient clinic.

San Jose Spotlight logo Silicon Valley Deluged by Health Care Workers’ Labor Fights

A wave of labor disputes is hitting Silicon Valley’s overburdened hospitals as health care workers reach their breaking point with pay and working conditions.

San Jose Inside logo SJ Police Union Defends Action of Mayor’s Bodyguard, Criticizes NAACP Leader

One day after the downtown altercation, NAACP chapter President Rev. Jethroe Moore sent an email to acting Police Chief Paul Joseph critical of the arrest of the alleged attacker.

San Jose Spotlight logo Kaiser Doctors in Silicon Valley Move to Unionize

Frontline physicians at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara County plan to unionize, and are the last Northern California group within the giant private hospital system to make the move.

San Jose Inside logo Liccardo Calls for Taxpayer-Funded Automatic Recounts in Close Races

Sam Liccardo urged his fellow candidates – and the public – to embrace the results of the 16th Congressional District recount.

Gilroy Dispatch logo As May Approaches, Cal Fire Offers Fire Prevention Tips

With the month of May beginning this week, with its warmer weather, lower humidity and drying vegetation, Cal Fire is urging Bay Area homeowners to do all they can to protect against fire.

San Jose Spotlight logo San Jose Bathrooms May Soon Have Sex Trafficking Signs

San Jose Councilmember Bien Doan wants to create a sex trafficking awareness campaign in public restrooms throughout the city.

San Jose Spotlight logo Sunnyvale Approves History Museum Expansion

The Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, which catalogs the city’s history from the first orchards to aerospace companies, has plans to expand.

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Recent Local News

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• Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation Holds Policy Convention

Housing, climate change and inequity were among the topics for discussion as local community leaders met to discuss the most pressing needs in the region.

(05/06/2024) → Mountain View Voice

• Billions of Cicadas Are Invading the U.S. Should Californians Be Worried?

It is being called the Cicada-pocalypse and the Cicada-geddon. Over the next few weeks, hundreds of billions, maybe even trillions of cicadas — grasshopper-like insects — will emerge from underground burrows all across the Midwest and the South where they have been living for as long as the past 17 years.

(05/05/2024) → The Mercury News

• Local Student Donates to Los Gatos Library

Local fifth-grader Bradley Hall donated $500 won during a book promotion tour by “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney.

(05/05/2024) → The Mercury News

• Everything Apple Plans to Show at May 7 ‘Let Loose’ iPad Event

It’s been more than 18 months since Apple Inc. last updated its iPad line, marking the longest gap in new models since Steve Jobs first unveiled the product in 2010. The drought finally ends on May 7.

(05/03/2024) → The Mercury News

• Volunteers to Paint Downtown San Jose Mural

Hundreds of volunteers have signed up to participate in painting a mural on San Pedro Street in downtown San Jose.

(05/02/2024) → The Mercury News

• "Planned Community" Proposed in Palo Alto

A mixed-use development of 75 condominiums and retail space is being proposed for 800 San Antonio Road in Palo Alto.

(05/02/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• "Care Share" Startup Expands

Service connects at-home moms with working moms to provide accessible and affordable child care.

(05/02/2024) → Mountain View Voice

• New Housing Units Open in San Jose

The 130-unit Solaire Apartments affordable housing complex at 425 Auzerais Avenue in downtown San Jose has opened for occupancy.

(04/30/2024) → The Mercury News

• Los Altos City Council Candidacy Announced

Local resident Ibrahim Bashir announced his candidacy for one of three open seats on the Los Altos City Council.

(04/30/2024) → Los Altos Town Crier

• Los Altos Threatened With Lawsuit

A threat of a legal challenge to at-large elections for Los Altos City Council has been issued.

(04/30/2024) → Los Altos Town Crier

• Palo Alto Grapples with Rail Corridor Redesign

The Palo Alto City Council faces hard choices for the redesign of three crossings of the rail corridor.

(04/30/2024) → Palo Alto Online

• Mountain View Begins Broadband Survey

The City of Mountain View is studying the state of local Internet service for a citywide broadband needs assessment.

(04/30/2024) → Los Altos Town Crier
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Recent Statewide News

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• Metal Detectors, Fear, Frustration. College Commencements Altered Amid Gaza War Protests

At many universities across the country, graduation for the Class of 2024 will feel more like making it through airport security than a procession through a free-flowing campus green or a cheering stadium crowd.

(05/04/2024) → Los Angeles Times

• How Congress Is Letting Die an Internet Connectivity Lifeline for Millions

More than half of the U.S. House supports a bill to extend the funds, but it can’t get out of committee.

(05/04/2024) → CalMatters

• California's Population Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2020

During the much-ballyhooed “California exodus” amid the pandemic, remote workers moved to other states where they could live for a fraction of the cost compared to cities like Los Angeles or San Francisco.

(04/29/2024) → Los Angeles Times
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Palmer Candy Company Recalls White Confectionary Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Palmer Candy Company, Sioux City, Iowa, is recalling its "White Coated Confectionary Items" because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immu
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/03/2024)

Chuao Chocolatier Recalls Its: .39 oz /11 Gram Potato Chip Mini Bar Lot 4022 Due to Undeclared Hazelnuts

May 3, 2024, Chuao Chocolatier is voluntarily recalling a single production of Potato Chip mini bar .39oz/11 gram LOT 4022 because some packages may contain undeclared hazelnut. People who are sensitive or have allergies to hazelnut could be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reactio
Image of Town of Los Gatos seal. Town of Los Gatos   (05/03/2024)

Housing Element Meets All Statutory Requirements for State Certification per HCD

The Town of Los Gatos announces the 6th Cycle (2023-2031) Draft Housing Element meets all statutory requirements for State Certification per the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) letter received May 3, 2024.
Image of United States seal. United States   (05/03/2024)

Hormel Foods Sales, LLC Recalls a Limited Number of Planters® Honey Roasted Peanuts 4 Oz. and Planters® Deluxe Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts 8.75 Oz. Because of Possible Health Risk

Hormel Foods Sales, LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited number of two PLANTERS products that were produced at one of its facilities in April. This recall only impacts two retailers in five states. These products are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
Image of City of Monte Sereno seal. City of Monte Sereno   (05/03/2024)

Youth Commission Recruitment Notice

Notice is hereby given that the City of Monte Sereno is accepting applications from residents wishing to serve on the Citys Youth Commission.
Image of City of Monte Sereno seal. City of Monte Sereno   (05/03/2024)

Ice Cream Social

The Monte Sereno Youth Commissioners invite you to join them at their upcoming Ice Cream Social.
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FY 2024-25 Budget Study Session - Preliminary Workplans, Operating Budget & Capital Improvement Plan

FY 2024-25 Budget Study Session staff report now available online
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Art a la Carte - Canceled

The Library, Culture, and Arts Commission (LCAC) regrets to cancel this year's event because of a poor weather forecast that may make outdoors arts, crafts, and performances impossible.
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Alex Lee CA Assembly 24:
Bill To Ban Corporate-Owned Single-Family Homes Rentals Passes First Policy Committee

Bill To Ban Corporate-Owned Single-Family Homes Rentals Passes First Policy Committee channi Thu, 05/02/2024 - 11:31 Nicholas Chan Email nicholas.chan@asm.ca.gov Phone (916) 319-2392 Title Communications Director, Office of Assemblymember Alex Lee Thursday, May 2, 2024 Mega corporations are buying up swaths of single-family homes, taking homeownership opportunities from hardworking families. Assemblymember Alex Lees legislation, AB 2584, will protect Californias limited …
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Curious about proposed development projects in Los Gatos?

Check out the following resources on the Town website: